An Invisible Sign of My Own

An Invisible Sign of My Own

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By (author) Aimee Bender

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  • Publisher: Windmill Books
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 16mm | 189g
  • Publication date: 29 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099558521
  • ISBN 13: 9780099558521
  • Sales rank: 135,806

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When Mona Gray is ten, her father contracts a mysterious illness. His gradual withdrawal from everyday life marks a similar change in Mona, who removes herself from anything - or anyone - that might bring her happiness. Numbers provide a kind of solace, and help her make sense of the world: she counts words in her head, adds her steps, and multiplies people in the park against one another. As a maths teacher, Mona delights her pupils by encouraging them to find objects that take the form of numbers. But when seven-year-old Lisa appears with a zero that displays real turmoil, Mona knows that in order to help a person in pain, she needs to find a way to connect with the world she has been afraid of for so long. An Invisible Sign of My Own is a story about children and adults, and how we protect ourselves from the things we fear the most. It is about superstition and logic and the big muddy area in between. Written with the same eloquence and flair that characterisesThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, this novel marks the sign of a unique talent in contemporary fiction.

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AIMEE BENDER is the author of the novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake and of the collections The Girl in the Flammable Skirt and Wilful Creatures. Her work has been widely anthologised and has been translated into ten languages. She lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Aimee Bender and her work at www.flammableskirt.com.

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"Intelligent and engaging ... [A] fanciful and original take on the quietly helter-skelter world that lies within" The New York Times "An achingly idiosyncratic story rendered with eloquence, hilarity, and ominous precision" Boston Globe "Light as a zephyr and unique as a snowflake" The Washington Post "Fantastic! Bender has a perfect pitch. Her stories are fierce and true" LA Times "Clever, original and written with brio and eloquence... Bender writes like an angel, with images that strike resonant chords, and her sly humour pervades every page." Publishers Weekly

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'An achingly idiosyncratic story rendered with eloquence, hilarity, and ominous precision' The Boston Globe When Mona Gray is ten her father contracts a mysterious illness. His gradual withdrawal from everyday life marks a similar change in Mona, who removes herself from anything - or anyone - that might bring her happiness. Numbers provide a kind of solace, and help her make sense of the world: she counts words in her head, adds her steps, and multiplies people in the park against one another. When she becomes a maths teacher, Mona delights her pupils by encouraging them to find objects that take the form of numbers. But when 7-year-old Lisa appears with a zero that displays real turmoil, Mona knows that in order to help a person in pain, she needs to find a way to connect with the world she has been afraid of for so long. An Invisible Sign of my Own is a story about children and adults, and how we protect ourselves from the things we fear the most. It is about superstition and logic and the big muddy area in between. Written with the same eloquence and flair that characterises The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, this novel marks the sign of a true original in contemporary fiction. 'Light as a zephyr and unique as a snowflake' The Washington Post

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Aimee Bender's stunning debut collection, The Girl in the Flammable Skirt," proved her to be one of the freshest voices in American fiction. Now, in her first novel, she builds on that early promise. Mona Gray was ten when her father contracted a mysterious illness and she became a quitter, abandoning each of her talents just as pleasure became intense. The only thing she can't stop doing is math: She knocks on wood, adds her steps, and multiplies people in the park against one another. When Mona begins teaching math to second-graders, she finds a ready audience. But the difficult and wonderful facts of life keep intruding. She finds herself drawn to the new science teacher, who has an unnerving way of seeing through her intricately built faade. Bender brilliantly directs her characters, giving them unexpected emotional depth and setting them in a calamitous world, both fancifully surreal and startlingly familiar.